Taking it to the Streets

By Becky Larson, SacMidtown.com

One of the first things people often notice when driving into Midtown is that you always have to watch for people on bikes.  They seem to be everywhere and no matter how cautious you are, you’re bound to run one of them off the side of the road at some point or another.

Although it’s obvious many Midtowners never need an excuse to pedal their way around town, some of us require a bit more of a push.  Well, next month is it.  May is Bike Month so if you’re new to Midtown or a veteran and don’t have a hot little cruiser or a sporty mountain bike by now this is the time to grab one and get moving.

You can get started with the help of the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) on Monday, May 2 at the Kickoff Cruiser Ride.  It’s a leisurely ride around downtown and midtown from 12 – 3 pm starting at the Sacramento Riverfront Promenade (1800 Front Street).  Or, if you’ve got more of a competitive streak, you can challenge a friend to see who can ride the most miles throughout the month.

For those of you that are a little uncomfortable with the idea of jumping on a two-wheel apparatus, I promise if I can do it so can you.  I was admittedly a born again bike virgin (it had been about 5 years since I had even attempted to ride a bike) until last year when I moved to East Sac and all of my Midtown friends informed me it’s basically a cardinal rule to have a bike if you live anywhere near the downtown/midtown area.  So I ended up getting a cruiser.  What my friends failed to tell me, and I failed to realize until deciding to take the thing for a trial run, was how different a cruiser can be from the mountain bikes I had been use to.  So let this be your warning.  The brakes on many cruisers are in the pedals not up by the handle bars.  Don’t think you’re going to stop by squeezing the brakes on your handle bars because they aren’t there and you’ll more than likely run into someone or something.  It was one of my many rookie mistakes in my first cruiser experience.

But the good news is Bike Month is the perfect month for those of us with less than stellar bike moves.  You have the comfort of knowing you aren’t the only amateur biker in Midtown and after the first week, cars will start to catch on that there are even more bikers on the streets than normal and therefore be on the lookout.  Bike Month is a great time for a trial run with a new bike and I strongly recommend you do a short trial run before taking it to the big leagues and thinking you’re capable of riding all over town.

When you’re a Midtowner, everything you could ever want or need is a bike ride away.  So go pick out the perfect bike, basket and bell and take it to the streets.  Once you get the hang of it again, I’m sure you’ll find it’s as good as the first time.

You can visit Sacramento Region May is Bike Month 2011 for more information on bike events happening in Sacramento throughout the month.

About Jimmy Spencer

Jimmy Spencer has extensive experience in journalism and new media. As the founding editor of SacMidtown.com, Spencer combines his writing, reporting and editing skills to produce a "pretty good site about midtown." During the day, Spencer covers government and also covers the NBA. At night, he watches T.V. and plays on the Internet. Every now and then, he walks around his midtown neighborhood. Spencer began his professional journalism career with The Sacramento Bee, finishing his tenure with the McClatchy-owned newspaper in the new media department. Spencer moved to Connecticut where he continued his growth in new media as a writer/content producer for NBC Sports. Spencer also worked in media relations with the Sacramento River Cats, Minor League Baseball Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s. Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Sacramento where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The State Hornet campus newspaper. Spencer was raised in Marin County and currently lives in Sacramento, Calif. Spencer works in the community as a high school basketball coach in the Sacramento area.

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